I think we can all agree that 2015 has been a stellar year for television. And when it comes to quality roles for women of color, television is leading the charge in Hollywood. Choosing my favorite for the year was a pleasantly difficult task. But here they are, my seven sistas of television 2015. Enjoy!
Tichina Arnold as “Cassie” on Suvivor’s Remorse
I have been down with Tichina Arnold for almost 30 years! Little Shop of Horrors is one of my favorite movies and one of the reasons I started this blog. This year Tichina killed it as the Calloway matriach. She is a comedy legend and I love the levity she brings to Survivor’s Remorse. Her shining moment? The vaginal rejuvenation episode.
Loretta Devine as “Cynthia ” on The Carmichael Show and “CeCe” on Being Mary Jane
Loretta Divine is one of the most talented women in Hollywood. There isn’t much that she can not do. This year we were lucky enough to witness Loretta in not one but two memorable roles. This summer she proved to be the MVP of the NBC sitcom, The Carmichael Show. Loretta’s one liners made her stand out among that cast of comedians.
For her role as CeCe on Being Mary Jane, Loretta flipped the script playing the pro-black, fedora wearing extortionist who blackmails her way into Mary Jane’s life. Loretta’s performance was definitely tweet-worthy. She stole every scene she was in.
Taraji P. Henson as “Cookie Lyons” on Empire
So we can all agree that 2015 belonged to Taraji P. Henson, right? Her portrayal of Cookie Lyons garned her numerous award nominations, a gig hosting SNL, and USA Today’s honor as Entertainer of the Year. What I love most about Taraji is her commitment. Cookie is the most outrageous (and quotable) character on primetime. And Taraji always brings her A game.
Niecy Nash as “Didi Ortley” on Getting On and “Denise Hemphill” on Scream Queens
Niecy Nash is one of the most underrated women in Hollywood. I too am guilty of not recognizing how amazingly talented she is. I started watching Getting On when it premiered in 2013 and was pleasantly surprised by her performance. The dark comedy allows us to see a different side of Niecy. I appreciate her understated and compassionate performance.
On the flip side, Niecy’s performace as Denise on Scream Queens is over-the-top. But the entire show is over-the-top, so it’s perfect.
I really enjoyed Danielle Nicolet on The Game so I was excited when it was announced that she was starring in her own series on TV One. As Jenna on Born Again Virgin, Danielle gives a convincing performance as a blogger abstaining from sex until she finds Mr. Right. The tension created from trying to keep her promise to herself and her attraction to her neighbor allows Danielle to comedically and adorably manuever the trials of a single and celibate woman.
Lena Waithe as “Denise”on Master of None
Master on None is one of the best new shows of 2015 and Lena Waithe is definitely one of the hightlights of the series. Denise is the BFF we all wish we had. She is the hilarious voice of reason that is the perfect foil to Dev. Lena is a natural and I can not wait to see more of her onscreen.
Kerry Washington as “Olivia Pope” on Scandal
Olivia Pope is been through it all. And regardless of where you fall on the pro or anti Olitz spectrum, there is no denying that Kerry Washington’s Olivia Pope is a compelling anti-hero. This season her performances have ranged from “she’s breaking my heart” to “WTF is she doing” and Kerry kills it every time.
The Wives of Real Husbands of Hollywood (Nicole Ari Parker, Salli Richardson Whitfield, Eva Marcille, Holly Robinson Peete, Erica Ash and Nadine Velazquez)
The Broadtalk episode of Real Husbands of Hollywood was the funniest of the season. These women are funny individually. But all together, they created a magically hysterical episode. These women flawlessly portray their characters and disply their comedic talents which rival the undeniable insanity that is Kevin Hart.
Who do you think gave a memorable performance this year?